CT Fletcher explains the origins of “f*ck Mike O’Hearn” and also stresses the importance of having “crazy” in strength sports

In a recent episode of The Mike O’Hearn Show, hosted by Mike O’Hearn and featuring guest host Clark Bartram, listeners were treated to a captivating conversation with none other than CT Fletcher. Renowned as a former powerlifting champion turned motivational speaker, CT Fletcher brought his trademark charisma and profound insights to the forefront in this dynamic podcast episode.

CT Fletcher truly needs no introduction. A former powerlifter and now motivational speaker, Fletcher is a three-time World Bench Press Champion, and three-time World Strict Curl Champion. More importantly, his iconic personality has been responsible for inspiring an entire generation of lifters and strength athletes.

His life story was chronicled in the documentary, CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession, in which the details of his heart failure and transplant are explored and how this near-death experience changed his entire life.

During CT Fletcher’s conversation with Mike O’Hearn, Fletcher discusses the origins of his friendship with Mike O’Hearn and the importance of “crazy people” in the world pathing the way for change. Let’s dive into it!

Why Did CT Fletcher Say “F*ck Mike O’Hearn?”

Recalling their initial meeting, Mike O’Hearn shared a humorous anecdote from his powerlifting days at the California championships. This was the event that Mike first met CT Fletcher.

CT Fletcher, already a formidable presence in the strength sports community, took note of the buzz surrounding Mike’s attendance at the event. He noticed many of the competitors at the event excitedly chatting with each other – saying, “Mike O’Hearn is here! Mike O’Hearn is here!”

In reaction to hearing this chatter, CT Fletcher finally exclaimed, “F*ck Mike O’Hearn!” What began as a lighthearted jest evolved into an enduring inside joke cherished by both athletes.

Decades later, CT Fletcher today can acknowlege that Mike O’Hearn is truly deserving of all the attention. Over 35 years, Fletcher can confirm that nothing has changed about Mike’s focus and dedication to lifting. He still gets up early and never misses a workout. It’s the reason why Mike is able to keep such an impressive physique to this day.

Beyond the Barbell: CT Fletcher’s Impact

Transitioning from anecdotes to insights, Mike O’Hearn emphasized that true strength transcends mere physical prowess—it lies in the ability to move and inspire others. CT Fletcher exemplifies this ethos, leveraging his platform not only to conquer weights but also to uplift and empower individuals worldwide. His journey from adversity to triumph serves as a beacon of hope and resilience for countless fans.

“It’s not about moving weights, it’s about moving people.”

– Mike O’Hearn

Despite his legendary status, CT Fletcher remains grounded, expressing gratitude for his journey’s twists and turns. From a challenging upbringing to navigating life-threatening health issues, including a heart transplant, CT’s humility and resilience shine through. He acknowledges the profound impact of his experiences, shaping him into the influential figure he is today.

Embracing the “Crazy”: Defying Limits and Inspiring Change

Mike O’Hearn also complimented CT Fletcher for his “crazy energy.” That he brings a level of intensity that is rarely seen in both this sport and the world at large. While there are many athlete who will lift hardcore in the gym. Few can conjure the level of intensity that Fletcher has been known for.

Delving into the concept of embracing one’s “crazy,” CT Fletcher emphasized the transformative power of pushing beyond perceived limits. He underscored the importance of challenging the status quo and daring to dream big, citing legendary athletes who defied odds and shattered records deemed impossible. In CT’s view, it is those willing to be labeled as “crazy” who ultimately effect meaningful change and inspire greatness in others.

“I don’t want to see crazy dying. Crazy people change the world.”

– CT Fletcher

Uncharted Territories: Exploring the Donor’s Influence

A thought-provoking discussion arose as Clark Bartram broached the topic of CT Fletcher’s heart transplant and its potential implications. While not scientifically substantiated, Fletcher shared intriguing insights into his post-transplant experiences, including a subtle sense of connection to his donor.

He described an enigmatic presence, possibly attributed to the donor’s DNA, manifesting as a quiet sense of companionship—a sentiment he finds both mysterious and comforting. He goes as far to say that he knows this presence is a woman and he believes that she is asian.

While science has concluded that a donor’s DNA appears in small traces of the recipient’s blood for a few days after the transplant – there is no evidence it lingers long nor does it change a person’s DNA. However, in the realm beyond science and into the spiritual, perhaps CT Fletcher has experienced something beyond our understanding.

Wrap Up

As the episode drew to a close, listeners were left with a profound appreciation for CT Fletcher’s resilience, humility, and unwavering dedication to inspiring others. His journey from adversity to triumph serves as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the transformative power of perseverance. Through The Mike O’Hearn Show, audiences are invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and relentless pursuit of greatness.

You can watch the full episode above. And don’t forget to check back every week for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded!

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.